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Song names are sorted by first letter, excluding A and The. This is sorted by song title only, not by song title and performer. So if two different performers preformed the same song, you'll see misheard lyrics for both on the same page (provided the song title was spelt the same both times, and misheard lyrics have been submitted for both!).


ABBA - Gold: Greatest Hits album at Amazon.com
Abba's, "Chiquitita"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Fly once more like you did before,
Sing a new song chicken tikka!
The Real Lyrics:
Try once more like you did before,
Sing a new song Chiquitita.
The Story: When my sister and I were young we thought the song was about a chicken that was about to be eaten, especially with the other line: - 'You'll be dancing once again, like a Speckled Hen!' At least it was optimistic and gave a young chicken hope for a better life!!! Inspiring stuff! - Submitted by: Hazel
Abba's, "Dancing Queen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dancing queen
Guillitine, oh so obscene, oh yeah
You can dance, you get high
Having the time of your life, ooooh
See that girl
Watch that queen
She is the dancing queen.
The Real Lyrics:
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
See that girl
Watch that scene
Diggin' the dancing queen.
The Story: I was 11 years old at the time. Star Wars, noticing girls, temptation, confusion, sexy Swedish chick voices can be hard to discerne at times, you know? - Submitted by: Dancing King
Abba's, "Dancing Queen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
See her bounce on the trampoline
The Real Lyrics:
Feel the beat of the tambourine
The Story: My younger sister actually misheard this one, when we were listening to this, and she immediately started dancing to it, with added 'trampoline' jumps. - Submitted by: @ssKicker
Abba's, "Dancing queen"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tappery, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
See that girl
Watch that seat
Diggin' the dancing queen.
The Real Lyrics:
Dancing queen
Feel the beat from the tambourine, oh yeah
You can dance
You can jive
Having the time of your life
See that girl
Watch that scene
Diggin' the dancing queen.
The Story: I was at a play cast party when they played this song. Everyone went berserk, we were all saying how much we loved it. We came to the chorus and I don't thinka single person was singing the same thing! I guess we all just liked the beat. - Submitted by: Pippin West
Abba's, "Does Your Mother Know"
The Misheard Lyrics:
The Peruvian child
The Real Lyrics:
But girl you're only a child
The Story: I've been wondering about this for a while. It didn't make sense but I couldn't figure out what it should be until I started to really listen to the context. Then I understood what Björn was trying to sing. - Submitted by: Martin
Abba's, "Happy New Year"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Nothing more than spagetti on the floor
The Real Lyrics:
Nothing more than confetti on the floor
The Story: I'm always singing out loud while driving in my car. Sometimes I have no idea what the hell I'm singing but a friend of mine started laughing out loud when I was singing along with this one. Never noticed before that spagetti on the floor was a bit weird. And I never hear the lyrics clearly because of my loud singing. - Submitted by: janine
Abba's, "I Have A Dream"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ich hab' ein
Traum Ein
Lied zu singen.
Zu helf mir schaffen
Mit alles.
Kannst du die
Wunder sehen
Auf ein Fantasie
The Real Lyrics:
I have a dream
A song to sing
To help me cope
With everything
Can you see the wonder
Of a fantasy
The Story: It translates scarily into german. It came from a nasty mental image of Martin Luther King singing in German as he was a good speaker and the I have a dream speech - Submitted by: Lynsey Irving
Abba's, "Money Money Money"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Bunny Bunny Bunny
must be funny in a leechmans turd
The Real Lyrics:
Money Money Money
must be funny in a rich mans world
The Story: I was at a disco when I heard it so it was really noisy already and with there accents... Anyway, when I got home I asked mum what turd had to do with leech men, and what were leech men anyway! she asked, and I explained. She wanted to publish it in column 8! - Submitted by: Sarah Groom
Abba's, "Super Trouper"
The Misheard Lyrics:
All I do is sing and strip and sing
wishing every show was the last show
The Real Lyrics:
All I do is eat and sleep and sing
wishing every show was the last show
The Story: Maybe because they are Swedish, I really thought they were singing about the tough life of an international pro stripper, from a first-person point of view. When I got the lyrics right I felt let down. - Submitted by: Leonardo Rossi
Abba's, "Take A Chance On Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
On the virgin line!
The Real Lyrics:
I'm the first in line!
The Story: My mother misheard this...before virgin trains were invented! - Submitted by: K.y.l.e
Abba's, "Take a Chance on Me"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Ollie Oxen Free
Take a chance on me
The Real Lyrics:
Honey I'm still free
Take a chance on me
The Story: Wasn't until I saw Mama Mia that I realized this wasn't the old hide & seek call for everyone to come out into the open! - Submitted by: Melissa
Abba's, "Waterloo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Waterloo
I grafittied you on the wall.
The Real Lyrics:
Waterloo
I was defeated, you won the war.
The Story: I was only eight when this song came out. This is what I thought the words were. Later, telling my husband what I used to think it was, he does not let me forget it. Now my son cracks up when he hears the story and tells other people what a dill his mother is. - Submitted by: Moi
Abba's, "Waterloo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
Waterloo
Waterloo, Waterloo, Waterloo
Waterloo
Waterloo, Waterloo, Waterloo
Waterloo
Waterloo, Waterloo, Waterloo
Waterloo
Waterloo, Waterloo, Waterloo
Wo, wo, wo, wo ,Waterloo
Waterloo, Waterloo, Waterloo.
The Real Lyrics:
Waterloo
I was defeated, you won the war
Waterloo
Promise to love you for ever more
Waterloo
Couldn't escape if I wanted to
Waterloo
Knowing my fate is to be with you
Wo wo wo wo, Waterloo
Finally facing my Waterloo.
The Story: Well, that's what it sounds to one who understands absolutely no English, like me in primary school. :) - Submitted by: tobias b khler
Abba's, "Waterloo"
The Misheard Lyrics:
What to do?
The Real Lyrics:
Waterloo
The Story: My mother's favourite song in the '70s until I informed her of the correct words - Submitted by: frank passmore

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